Why Blue School Middle School?
Middle School: Grades 6-8
Adolescents have enormous potential for courageous and creative work. In the middle school years, the human brain changes at a rate matched only by the first three years of life, and children's capacities are naturally strengthened. Blue School's middle school program is designed to harness the potential of adolescents to act on their ideas, pursue high levels of scholarship, and become more fully realized as people and learners.
Middle Schoolers participate in a variety of courses that combine the individualized, inquiry-based approach of our primary program with an intentional shift to greater depth of knowledge and research in the content areas. In grades 6-8, all courses are organized around "Ways of Thinking" and our dynamic balance between academic mastery, creative thinking, and self and social learning. Students in 6-8th grades take required courses in Mathematics, Integrated Studies (team taught Science & World History), Novels and Nonfiction, and a variety of arts disciplines. In 7th and 8th grade, in addition to these required courses, production workshop, and collective, students choose four intensive courses which range from an analysis of the election to a study of printmaking. A sample list of intensives is included in the program offerings linked above. All students will take module-based health and physical education courses throughout 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.
MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES INCLUDE:
Novels & Nonfiction